We love the idea of having an Intimate Home Wedding, especially during these stressful times. The pandemic, uncertain times, and ever changing guests counts is making it really decide on where to have your wedding. At-home weddings are perfect for small guest lists, or larger ones if you have a large home, but there are also many challenges that may arise along the way. If you are considering having a home wedding, carefully consider the benefits and problems presented here before making a decision.

Location, Location, Location

A home wedding does not necessarily have to be at your parent’s home. It could be at your grandparent’s farm, your best friend’s house, you and your groom’s place or at Laurel Haven Estate. Each location has its own special atmosphere, and you should choose the one that appeals to you the most. While having your wedding at your parent’s home would provide a transition for you, a cohabitating couple may want to have their wedding at their own home. Either way is fine, and no matter what you decide, you’ll have the same logistics to consider. Just make sure that the size of your guest list is appropriate to the size of the home or the grounds and in compliance with the state’s current local rules.

 

Indoor Weddings

Having a home wedding indoors will make even the best homemaker second-guess the look of her home. Furniture, wall colors, and other decorations will be heavily scrutinized by the family, and many choose to redecorate before the wedding. If you feel you must make changes, you should plan to finish them at least a month before the wedding, so that you will have time to focus on the wedding plans themselves. You may also want to hire a cleaning crew to come in a few days before the wedding to make sure everything sparkles and is sanitized. For indoor weddings, you need to consider:

 
  • Consider the social distancing aspect

  • Available bathroom

  • Protection for valuables

  • Available seating

  • Floor space

  • Furniture arrangement

  • Protection for carpet

  • Sections of the home that are off-limits

 

An intimate gathering of close friends and family will have less problems, but a larger guest list requires careful consideration so that your guests can be comfortable without invading your privacy and your social space.

 

Outdoor Weddings

An outdoor wedding can be more beautiful, but also more costly than an indoor one. Renting tents, chairs, walkways, dance floors, etc. can get very expensive. You will also need accessible bathrooms for your guests, which may mean renting portable bathrooms. Outdoor weddings also require water and electricity if they are far from a house, so that food can be stored properly. Lighting may also have to be provided, depending on the time of day the ceremony is planned for.

 

Whether you plan an indoor or an outdoor wedding, you will have to provide things that a venue normally would do for you. You should hire an outside caterer if you have more than 30 guests or if no one in your family cooks, but you will still have to deal with:

  • Tables

  • Chairs

  • Linens

  • Silverware

  • Dishes

  • Glasses

Another problem with home weddings is the cleanup involved. From dishes that need to be washed to trampled grass to spilled drinks, there will be a lot to do the day after the wedding. It might be a good idea to hire a cleaning service to make sure everything is sanitized after the gathering.

 

Keep in mind that your friends and family have probably been to your house before, so don’t be too worried about what they will think, but try to make everything as comfortable as possible, from access to bathroom facilities to the temperature of the room.

 

Depending on your guest list, a home wedding can be as expensive or more expensive than one at a different location, but it can provide a level of intimacy and comfort that an unfamiliar venue cannot. A few more things you need to keep in mind are:

 
  • How many people are currently allowed at gatherings in your state?

  • Your neighbors – let them know ahead of time

  • Fire inspection

  • Noise ordinances

  • Curfews

  • Portable bathroom regulations

  • Parking permits and access

  • Storage Space

  • Pets – do you want to deal with them the day of the wedding?

Planning an at-home wedding may start to seem overwhelming, but very few people who choose this type of wedding regret it. Just make sure you plan ahead, think things through, and above all – have fun!

If you would like to haven an intimate home style wedding but do not want to stress over everything, let us do it for you. Laurel Haven Estate does an excellent job of providing everything you need to feel at home…right down to the overnight accommodations.